Washington Post: User-Friendly Or Error-Ridden? Debate Swirls Around Website Comparing Nursing Homes . “Earlier this year, the state Department of Public Health launched a new website, Cal Health Find, intended to help people compare the quality of nursing homes and other health care facilities. Now, California nursing home advocates are calling on the state to take it down, saying the new site is incomplete, inaccurate and ‘a huge step in the wrong direction.'”
California Hospital Association: CHA and HQI Form Partnership to Enhance Patient Safety Data Transparency. “CHA, the Hospital Quality Institute and the Patient Safety Movement Foundation announced today that they have formed a partnership to accelerate the reduction of medical errors and eliminate preventable deaths in California hospitals. The central focus of the partnership will be an innovative, publicly available digital dashboard of hospital patient safety data. Unlike other patient safety tracking systems, which typically rely on data up to two years old, the data available on the digital dashboard will be updated regularly and made available to patients and consumers via participating hospitals’ websites.”
Fold3: Texas and California Added to the WWII Draft Registration Cards Collection!. “Fold3 has added two new states to its collection of U.S. WWII Draft Registration Cards! The collection (from the National Archives) now includes Texas and California. The cards in this collection are registration cards for the draft and do not necessarily indicate that the individual served in the military.”
Capital Public Radio: California Lawmaker Hopes Bot Bill Sheds Light On Fake Social Media Accounts. “Social media companies such as Twitter would be required to identify automated accounts, known as bots, under a new bill scheduled to be introduced in the California Legislature this week. Democratic state Sen. Bob Hertzberg of Los Angeles said his bill would not ban bots. Instead, it would shed light on the fake accounts that simulate real people and spread waves of false information across their platforms, the lawmaker said.”
Laughing Squid: Laughing Squid Video Archive Digitization Project. “Way back in the early days of Laughing Squid, before I launched this blog, I used to shoot a lot of video, documenting events in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the country. You may not realize this, but Laughing Squid originally started out as a film and video company, producing documentaries on the surrealist painter Alonso Smith and The Cacophony Society’s Portland Santacon ’96 event. I’m finally working on digitizing all of the old video I shot during those days, the bulk of which was on HI8 from 1995 to 1999, with some MiniDV from 2001-2003.”
Smithsonian Folklife: Mapping Our Memories: A Digitized Archive of Place and Loss in Sonoma County, California. “A previous neighbor asked if I knew anything about the house he had grown up in and loved. It didn’t survive the fire, but I realized I had family photos of his house in the mid-1990s. An idea dawned on me: what if there was a central place for Sonoma County residents to upload their own family photos of places that were destroyed? A virtual map allowing people to click through and see collective memories. Here is the result: Sonoma County Fires Community Memory Map. I built this interactive platform so that anyone can upload photographs to the map. The pictures must be linked to a specific address and have a brief caption. The intention is to create a patchwork of community memories of spaces that are no longer there.”
Lonely Planet: See California’s redwood forests for free and help protect them into the future. “Redwood State Parks contain part of the ancient coastal forest that originally spanned more than 2.2 million acres along California’s Big Sur Coast and north into Oregon. The gigantic trees were heavily hit by the demand for lumber following the 1849 Gold Rush, suffering a devastating reduction to cover only 5% of their original range. Thankfully, conservation efforts launched 100 years ago to help save the lumbering giants, which are now a huge attraction to nature-loving visitors in California.” An online guide to the 80+ redwood forest parks in California launches later this month.